7 Yoga Poses to Aid in Digestion

by Jessica Petrucci

As someone who has suffered from Irritable Bowel Syndrome since a very young age, I have found myself contorting my body into positions to relieve gastrointestinal pain and cramping. Since becoming a yoga instructor, I have experienced less frequent irritations and fewer symptoms of my IBS. This is most likely due to lower stress levels (or how I have been managing stressors differently) and my body’s positive response to stress management.

The body’s response to stress is a key determinant in regulation of emotional state and the gut is a major contributor to stress response. I personally suggest trying meditation and breathing exercises if you live a high stress lifestyle like most of us do these days. Even if you aren’t interested in the yogic lifestyle or taking up yoga as a practice, you can still reap the benefits of the poses. Hopefully you can find some digestive relief by practicing these yoga poses at home. 

1) Downward Facing Dog

Downward Facing Dog

2) Cobra pose or Upward Facing Dog

Cobra Pose or Upward Facing Dog

3) Revolved Side Angle

Revolved Side Angle

4) High Lunge

High Lunge

5) Child's Pose

Child's Pose

6) Standing Forward Fold or Ragdoll

Standing Forward Fold or Rag Doll

7) Seated Forward Fold

Seated Forward Fold

For more yoga poses and their benefits, visit http://www.yogajournal.com

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About the Author

Photo: Jessica Petrucci

Digital Marketing Manager Jessica Petrucci has a background in biotechnology as well as yoga and fitness. As a collegiate athlete, fitness has always been an important part of Jessica’s life. She takes a holistic approach to health, encompassing mind, body, and spirit. Coming from a place of personal experience, Jessica has seen how lifestyle and stress can take a toll on gut health and overall wellness. She strives to help Ixcela customers realize that, by living a well-balanced lifestyle, they can be the best and healthiest versions of themselves.

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